Another World by Pat Barker
A Novel

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Plagued by nightmarish memories of the trenches where he saw his brother die, Nick's grandfather Gordie lays dying as Nick struggles to keep the peace in his increasingly fractious home. As Nick's suburban family loses control over their world, Nick begins to learn his grandfather's buried secrets and comes to understand the power of old wounds to leak into the present. As a study of the power of memory and loss, Another World conveys with extraordinary intensity the ways in which the violent past returns to haunt and distort the present.


About Pat Barker

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PAT BARKER has earned a place in the first rank of contemporary British writers with such novels as Union Street, Regeneration (shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and chosen by the New York Times as one of the four best novels of 1992), The Eye in the Door (winner of the 1993 Guardian fiction prize), and The Ghost Road (winner of the 1995 Booker Prize). The latter three novels are available in Dutton hardcover and Plume paperback editions. Pat Barker lives in Durham, England.
Published December 1, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 293 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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"Ambivalent relationships" among an embattled extended family whose confusions are mirrored and reshaped by the past are the intriguing matter of this eighth by the Booker-winning British author of, most recently, the Regeneration trilogy.

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The author of the award-winning Regeneration trilogy has changed publishers and time frames for her newest book, but the result is as spellbinding as ever: thoughtful, acutely observed and profoundly

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Some of the best ghost stories barely have anything to do with the supernatural. Henry James' The Turn Of The Screw and Shirley Jackson's...

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The travails of Nick's beleagured family and the nightmares afflicting old Geordie are effectively entwined to evoke a real sense of time's distortions and the grievous wounds it can inflict.

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